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Will Will | 17:50 UK time, Friday, 3 June 2011

Hi Lito and all the regulars

This is my last post. I just wanted to say thanks for being such great students and asking such interesting questions.

Lito, I'm so pleased you published those fish recipes with the mouth-watering pictures. I don't think I have ever tried Filipino food, but I'm going to seek out a Filipino restaurant in London now.

You've been a really fantastic blogger. It's not easy to write in another language but you have given us an idea of the sights, sounds and tastes of your country. You have also made us all feel very lazy because you get up so early every morning!

Thanks also to everyone who has commented below. We seem to have lots of film fans on this blog!

Mohammad, I was interested in what you wrote about how rare dancing and singing scenes are in Hollywood nowadays. Of course you are right that Bollywood films are really different from Hollywood films, but I wonder if the situation is changing. I know that recently there have been some Indian films that have tackled some quite serious themes. Meanwhile, in Europe and America musicals have come back into fashion partly because of a very popular American TV show called Glee. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next few years we see a lot more Hollywood musicals than we are used to.

I can remember the first time I saw a Bollywood movie. I grew up in a town with a great many people from the Indian subcontinent. For this reason my local cinema showed Indian flicks every Sunday. One day I went along to watch a film - I forget which one. I realised that I was the only non-Indian person in the whole auditorium. The film started, the hero was 'introduced' to applause from the people in the cinema... and I realised there were no subtitles! But guess what? It didn't matter. It was easy to follow the story.

Queen Elizabeth II during tour in India visits a film studio and views some rushes

I'm not the only person to have enjoyed a Bollywood film! The Queen visited a film studio during a visit to India in the 1990's.

From next week, my colleague Neil will be the teacher blogger. Be gentle with him.


1. Cinema is sometimes called the WHAT screen? a) bronze b) silver c) golden

The silver screen.

2. Which country has the world's biggest filmmaking industry? a) USA b) Nigeria c) India

Tricky one. More films come out of India than anywhere else so in that sense it is the biggest industry (but I'm not sure which country makes the most money from films!)

3. What is the missing word? "Lights, camera, _______!" a) action b) cut c) act

"Lights, Camera, Action!" This is what the director says when he wants people to start acting.

4. In what country was Catherine Zeta-Jones born?


5. Where did Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn go on holiday in 1953?

The answer is indeed Rome. If you haven't seen 'Roman Holiday' then I heartily recommend it. Beatriz, I think there were as many women who fell in love with Gregory Peck in 1953 as there were men who fell in love with Audrey Hepburn.


  • mouth-watering if something is mouth-watering it makes you want to eat, e.g. She came back from Sicily with all of these mouth-watering stories about meals she'd had.
  • tackled here, this means to address something, to examine and discuss something which is difficult to talk about. E.g. If you don't tackle these issues with your son, things can only get worse.
  • flicks an informal word for movies
  • auditorium room where films are shown; it can also be used for concerts
  • applause a noun for lots of people clapping their hands
  • subtitles the words that appear at the bottom of a film in another language
  • heartily enthusiastically


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Will!

    Unfortunately, I’m not your regular, and your previous post was the first one I commented on--I registered on the site only some days ago. But exactly your and Lito’s blogs made me interested in the blog community on bbclearningenglish. Thank you for that! I hope to see more of your posts and fun and educational homework in the future!

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Will,
    Nice to have met you. Thanks for all and the best for you. We´ll be gentle with Neil. Bye. Beatriz.

  • Comment number 3.

    Thank you William for your invaluable lessons and tips! I've got to learn so many new words and also in today's post, I didn't know that before that movies are informally called flicks.

    By the way, I really enjoy your series ''The English we speak'',it's supertastic!

    All the best,

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Will ,

    One month has flied very smoothly . I was enjoying your writing , home work and teaching . It seem to me I saw a movie of one hour where you were the hero .You teaches us many words, sentences very smoothly. I wont tell you 'Bye' Just to say .Astalavista(we will meet again) . Take care .

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Will,
    what a pity that we have to say goodbye! But I hope, we will hear from you in other series. And maybe, one day, you will be our teacher blogger again :-)
    Take care,

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Will,

    It was nice to have you as a teacher blogger for a month. I have learnt a lot from your lessons and I am sure other students did as well. Hope to have you again sometimes in the future. Good bye for now and all the best with future.


  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Will and the other. I discover this fantastic web site and I want to improve my english. This is my first time in this blog. Can I ask you or the other which is the better way to use this blog and, according to you or the other, how many time occur to do really improvements?
    thanks for your reply

  • Comment number 8.

    Thank you William for your invaluable lessons. I've got to learn so many new words. I didn't know that before that movies are informally called flicks .


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